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5 QUESTIONS FOR: Dani Westlund of StrangeColorSky

On the social media pages for Lowell act StrangeColorSky, their “about” description reads: “four people, one word song titles”. Succinctly put, but obviously such an abrupt tagline can’t tell the whole story; for StrangeColorSky is four people performing a high-energy mixture of 90s lo-fi and 00’s-era indie rock. The kind filled with highly emotional and existential pitfalls, and the kind that would do the likes of acts like Rilo Kiley and Sleater-Kinney proud. We recently caught up with their lead singer to once again put it all on the metaphorical table, with…

5 QUESTIONS FOR DANI WESTLUND OF STRANGECOLORSKY

1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

Okay, I know many people will share this sentiment, and I’m a little late to the party, but I’m going to have to say Phoebe BridgersPunisher. That album floored me when I first did a full play through. One time I even cried during the build up for “I Know the End” and I had no idea why. Her songwriting is just so visceral. The way she phrases and emphasizes certain words is something I probably wouldn’t have been a fan of when I was younger, but it just grips me now. I basically wish I wrote every song on that album and will always be sad I didn’t.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?

I would love to share a bill with some of the bands that introduced me to the scene before StrangeColorSky was born. Bands like daisybones and oldsoul were some of the first acts I was exposed to in the local scene when I started hanging out at the Tip, where our guitarist Brad lived. They really inspired me and showed me that I could be part of the local music culture, which was something I was really missing in life. We’ve been pals with daisybones and oldsoul since then, but just haven’t yet been able to land a gig with them! I would also love to share a bill with Weakened Friends, big fan of them. And also, of course, Phoebe Bridgers. I would actually die for a bill with Phoebe Bridgers, and I would die happy as a goddamn clam. And really any classic rock band/artist popular between 1967 to 1976.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

Not too much, truthfully. I wish I could say art, or cooking, or something cool. I’m very passionate about my cats, but they don’t really care that much. (s/o to Roxanne and Charlotte)

It still is music, but before the pandemic, I had recently started booking for The Worthen which was something I didn’t expect to be doing, but was really excited by and was really enjoying. I started booking for The Worthen after I put on a 10-act all day show last January to benefit a few Australian charities during their devastating wildfires. We raised over $700 from the door cover and a donation jar. It’s honestly probably one of my proudest moments considering I organized the entire thing in about a week all by myself. Being able to bring bands together and curate interesting shows for the community makes me feel so much more connected to the scene and I really miss being able to do that currently.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

I definitely wish more people would be open to coming out for newer and lesser-known acts. I’m hoping that as the pandemic hopefully fades as we get the vaccine rolled out, and live music can safely happen again, that people will be more willing to just go out to their local venue on the weekend and see who is playing. It’s tough as a newer band to get a decent crowd, even if you do land a gig with a bigger name, because people will just come later to see the act they know instead of showing up for the early acts they may not know. With live gigs being gone for so long, maybe we will see larger crowds at shows as they come back. Hopefully it will be something that sticks, with probably many of us realizing that we may have taken it for granted before COVID.

5. What is the artist or band you consider yourself most similar to, and why?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Brit Tsewole)

That’s a big question…we’ve been compared to artists from anywhere between The Cranberries to 60s garage rock to Berlin-era David Bowie to Silversun Pickups. I kind of feel like it’s hard to pin us down sometimes, since we all have different styles of playing and influences that we draw on when we write. I’d like to think we could be maybe be similar to acts like Rilo Kiley or The Pixies. We’ve got an indie rock vibe for sure, but I don’t think we’re limited by that and there are a lot of elements that can be picked out in most of our songs.

StrangeColorSky’s music can be found via their BandCamp. Their most recent single “Glass” is available to stream and purchase, as with many others. Further news can be found via their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.